72 VERDICT OX INTDIA the walls of the Hindu temple may be shown in their true outlines. We have compared the two symbols of Christ and Ganesh. The comparison was dramatic, but it may be claimed that it was merely a literary conjuring trick, a verbal sleight of hand, proving nothing. The critic may suggest that it would be just as easy to play the trick the other way round, to point to some cheap tawdry image of Christ, pink and white and tinselled (such as one sees in the back streets of Naples), and compare it with some noble statue from the great temple at Conjeveram. We will let the critic make his point* It is not of great importance, for we were not really concerned with idols but with ideals. And now that the time has come to examine those ideals, we shall find ourselves on such firm ground that no critic will be able to dislodge us. fiBy their fruits shall ye judge them,' said Christ. We will obey this injunction. We will put the fruits of Christianity and Hindu- ism side by side. This will be no me^e clash of symbols, it will be a clash of systems, a war of two worldstwo worlds that can never meet. We can introduce (and summarize) otir argument with a striking generalization that ought to be written over the entrance of every Christian legislature. 6Little by little, Christianity creeps into the statute book.* It was, I believe, Lord Morley who wrote this. Whoever may have been its author, the generalization is illuminating; it precisely describes the trend of modern legislation in civilized countries, which is 'progressive* in exact ratio to the extent to which it embraces Christianity. We will match it with a generalization of our own. 6 Little by little, Hinduism creep our OF the statute book.' That is an unchallengeable description of the trend of modern legislation in India. It is6 progressive' in exact ratio to the extent to which it rejects Hindui^a. This contrast is so significant, its implications are of such grave consequence, that the casual reader is asked to ponder the two generalizations for a moment, and to clothe them with substance from his own experience. He will not find such difficulty in doing so, even if he only chooses his examples from comparatively recent history.